UN calls for full opening of Gaza crossing ahead of $100m. funding drive


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UN calls for full opening of Gaza crossing ahead of $100m. funding drive
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MAY 25, 2021

The United Nations called for a full opening of Israel’s two land crossings into Gaza, as it prepared to launch an emergency aid appeal for more than $100 million to help rebuild the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the 11-day Israel-Hamas war that ended last Friday. “We reiterate the need for all crossings into Gaza to be opened and stay open,” said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres.

"This is essential for the entrance of humanitarian supplies, including fuel for basic services and supplies to curb the spread of COVID-19 virus,” Dujarric said. He noted that among the supplies that did enter Gaza on Tuesday was a shipment of COVID-19 inoculations through the UN affiliated global vaccine program to provide protection for 20% of the population in low income countries. Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are one of the recipients and are expected to receive a million vaccines through COVAX by the end of 2021. The vaccines that entered Gaza were the latest shipment.

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